Cork Queerdom the Web
In 2002, GCN had an article about the launch of GayCork.com. It was written by Denis Clifford, one of this websites co founders:
Cork Queerdom the Web
Sick to death of gay websites? Cork’s newest website – gaycork.com – promises to break the mould, writes Denis Clifford
When GayCork.com was officially launched in June, opinion was polarised within sections of Cork queerdom. ‘Jesus, they can’t be writin’ about cruisin’ areas and stuff, like’, opined one Leeside mary between slurps of a happy-hour cocktail. His cider-quaffing companion was less distressed: ‘Sure, why not, girl, it goes on all de time, dozenit?’
GayCork.com emerged largely because the needs of Cork’s gay community were not being met by existing websites. In the half-decade prior to 2002, anyone who typed the words ‘gay’ and ‘Cork’ into a search engine form was presented with a slew of links to sites which purported to be nationwide in focus. In reality, their coverage of areas outside Dublin was poor. For example, where sections were devoted to Cork, they typically listed venues which had closed down years before. However, this neglect ignored the increasingly vibrant gay communities that had emerged in regional cities, particularly. Galway and Cork.
Most visitors to the site have been more concerned with whether it’s actually any good or not – and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The site currently receives 70,000 hits per week, a figure which is steadily increasing.
So far, we’ve received much praise for The Talking Head column. The incognito writer responsible discourses upon a diverse range of topics, and his articles generate much discussion. Fabula diBeaumarchais, the ‘First Lady’ of Cork, has also left her indelible mark on proceedings. Through her online journal she injects regular doses of fabulousness into the site, as readily and copiously as her own Botox shots.
But hark! Can you hear the cynic in the corner? : ‘Another piece of pink fluff, and a provincial one at that – just what the web needs … ‘ Not so fast, girlfriend! We’ve aimed to avoid the worst cliches of the gay website. That means no syndicated ‘lifestyle’ features that few ever read, no rain¬bows,interlocked gender signs or quasi-porn and coverage of pop has been restricted to tolerable levels: Kylie, yes; H+Caire, no.
Moreover, we’ve endeavoured to make the site genuinely useful. A serious attempt has been made to answer almost any question that might be asked about gay life in Cork. The establishment of a resource that caters for all strands of the queer community has also been a primary concern. We’ve done our best to accommodate marginalised groups, including bisexuals, transsexuals and the closeted. To aid those dealing with issues raised by their sexuality, we’re developing an interactive health and welfare section which will provide information, advice and support.
Rubbing our eyes and wincing at the sunlight, we’ve emerged lately into the real world and begun to work with other Cork-based organisations. In particular, we’ve developed a close working relationship with L.lnc, Cork’s lesbian resource centre. GayCork.com and the L.lnc website (www.linc.ie) are now closely tied, and we collaborate extensively.
So, itching to find out more? Point your browser to www.gaycork.com. Curiosity still not piqued? Well, maybe you’ll be swayed by the recommendation of the aforementioned cider-guzzler: ‘Ah, sure, fair fucks to them, like.’ Was there ever a pithier endorsement?
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